Last weekend, Audrey and Molly showed their ponies at the Fairfield Dressage Show - Molly was Grand Champ and Audrey was Reserve. This weekend, Audrey, Emma and Molly went to the Rose Hill Schooling Jumper Show and the placings were reversed - this time Audrey won Grand Champ and Molly was Reserve. The girls decided to spice up the day and went to the show in their Fairy Costumes with their ponies dressed as Unicorns. The ponies gamely jumped around with cones tied to their foreheads. Million Dollar Ponies!!!
Last week, 13 Red River Region Pony Clubbers (including Holly, Maddy and Olivia from Pony Up) traveled to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky for the 2011 USPC Championships & Festival. Holly & Maddy competed on the Region's Junior D Quiz Team, which finished 17th out of 40 teams from all over the country. Maddy said "I enjoyed meeting new people and learning new things. Not being able to confer in Barn and in only one round of Classroom was hard, but it showed that all the studying paid off." From Holly and her mom Tammie: "Champs was so much fun, especially in a Festival year....pin trading went extremely well and we collected pins from about 35 different regions and countries. Loved watching the Mounted Games Championships and we are pumped about playing some of these games at home". Olivia competed on the Region's Novice Eventing Team and stayed after Champs for Festival clinics. Olivia raved about how much fun she had: "This was an amazing experience! I was on a team with people all the way from Louisiana to Argyle, TX to Arizona and met many other people from across the country (and even a few Canadians). The Kentucky Horse Park has a fantastic facility and it was thrilling to ride in Rolex Stadium! Sherman (my horse) was awesome. He had a good dressage test and went double clear on XC and SJ but unfortunately I was TE'd in XC because I forgot a jump (oops!). I had a great time with my team and we ended up in 4th place overall. Festival was a neat experience and I got to ride with and meet many top riders. Some of the people I met included Stephen Bradley, Gina Miles, Daniel Stewart, Sheila Taormina and David O'Connor. It was so cool! My favorite clinic was my dressage ride with National Examiner Susan Harris because she was very positive and I could see a lot of improvement in that clinic. It has been my goal for a long time to go to Champs for Eventing. I would highly recommend for other pony clubbers to go if you get the chance!" Congratulations to all the Red River Region competitors - we are so proud of you!
This weekend Arlee earned her C2 rating at Roadrunner Farm in Argyle with national examiner Meg Johnson. When Arlee's horse became ill a couple of weeks ago, forcing them to scratch from the USPC eventing Championships in Kentucky, Arlee borrowed a wonderful pony from a friend and decided to go for her C2 rating instead. She worked hard forming a partnership with the pony, Thomas, and with her trainer, Josie Adams, to get ready for the rating. The examiner was especially complimentary of Arlee's excellent bandaging technique.
On Thursday, Becky Roper & son Josh (aka "Batman") came to camp and worked with the campers on gymnastics in the ring. Afterward the girls tie-dyed saddle pads and polo shirts then cooled off in Ella's pool. On Friday, Josie Adams and Arlee (C1) worked on the flat with the girls individually and gave each girl some homework specific to her horse. The group was exhausted after a long week of lessons and camp and opted out of more mounted games; instead they retired to Country Burger for lunch and making picture frames. The girls wrote thank you notes to all the adults that helped make the week so special. Thanks again to Gina & D&D Farms for donating their facility for our camp - we appreciate you!